Australia: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017

In this chapter, we identify 27 of the country’s premier restructuring and insolvency specialists. The featured lawyers advise on a range of matters such as rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financings, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts, administrations, rehabilitations, receiverships, liquidations, structuring workouts and turnarounds, and offering advice to companies both in and out of bankruptcy proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. James Marshall Ashurst, Sydney
2. Dominic Emmett Gilbert + Tobin, Sydney
3. Scott Atkins Henry Davis York, Sydney

ASHURST boasts the foremost restructuring and insolvency offering in the country, and tops our research in this area this year with an impressive five listings.
In Sydney, thought leader James Marshall is identified as the country’s leading specialist. His “dominant” practice covers a broad range of restructuring and insolvency matters including distressed M&A and acting for lenders to distressed companies.
Raymon Mainsbridge is described as “a fantastic operator” by one market commentator. His market-leading insolvency practice regularly advises both insolvency practitioners and private clients on matters such as receiverships, company liquidations and voluntary administrations among others.
Melbourne-based Ross McClymont leads the firm’s Australian restructuring practice and is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in the restructuring, insolvency and debt recovery space.

At MINTERELLISON, three lawyers are highlighted for their experience handling major, cross-border insolvency matters.
In Sydney, Michael Hughes is an accomplished litigator with a well-developed restructuring and insolvency practice. He frequently represents banking clients and credit providers in securities enforcement and advises them on the work out of problem loans, as well as collaborating on cross-border insolvencies.
The “superb” Ian Walker is commended for his considerable experience handling major and complex insolvencies.
Brendon Watkins boasts a “high-profile reputation” in the market. He is a well-established lawyer with over 30 years’ experience advising on all aspects of insolvency matters.

GILBERT + TOBIN is home to two excellent individuals noted for their work assisting a range of clients on high-profile restructuring and insolvency matters.
Practice head Dominic Emmett is considered “one of the country’s top practitioners” by one interviewee. His wide-ranging practice covers both contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters for financial institutions, distressed debt funds and special situation groups.
Simon Lynch is a well-known name in the market and enjoys a strong reputation for his restructuring and workout experience.

HENRY DAVIS YORK also garners two nominations in this chapter.
The “fantastic” Scott Atkins is “a top choice” when it comes to cross-border insolvencies and is highly sought after by clients for his exceptional expertise in the field.
John Martin is a widely respected restructuring and insolvency specialist with considerable experience handling cross-border matters. According to one source, “He is a great technician.”

Two leading names at KING & WOOD MALLESONS are recognised in this chapter. The team is particularly known for its expertise when it comes to Chinese-related cross-border matters.
David Cowling is a key name in the market with a strong track record in significant insolvency cases. His clients include major banks and accounting firms, as well as insolvency administrators looking to recover assets.
Insolvency disputes specialist Tony Troiani is also a well-known name in the market and is highlighted for his outstanding work in the space.

Domestic full-service firm CLAYTON UTZ is well known for handling contentious insolvencies, as well as advising investment banking clients and offshore funds on the purchase of distressed assets. The firm sees two lawyers selected for inclusion.
Karen O'Flynn is a top-tier litigator with a wealth of experience handling high-profile insolvency disputes. Notable cases include advising the liquidators of the Australian Lehman Brothers companies prior to its collapse.
The “fantastic” Jennifer Ball possesses almost 30 years of experience handling insolvency and restructuring matters for clients, who include administrators, liquidators and corporate entities.

ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER’s Leon Zwier heads the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice, as well as the dispute resolution and litigation team. He is considered by sources to be “one of the best of the best in insolvency litigation”.

Clint Hinchen at ALLENS is a longstanding fixture in the market recognised for advising a diverse range of parties on corporate insolvency, restructuring, workouts and securities enforcement.

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